Perfect Picture Book Friday – Flap Your Wings

Buenas Dias, Peeps!

(You didn’t know I was multi-lingual did you!  I am just always full of surprises.  Although, if we’re being honest, that is my complete knowledge of Spanish except for ola which I don’t know how to spell… and no, which is pretty much the same in any language… )

Where was I?

Oh, yes!  It’s PPBF!  How fun is that?  I declare this morning’s snack (since we never picked an official one) to be surreptitiously snitched Easter candy (you know, from those bags of jelly beans and chocolates that you bought yesterday and have stowed away in the closet ready to make Easter surprises for your kids, and that you really shouldn’t be raiding but it’s there, so maybe just a few…?  Or is that just me… :))

so pretty 🙂  also tasty 🙂

Got a handful of jelly beans?  Okay then, here we go!

Flap Your Wings
Written & Illustrated By: P.D. Eastman
Random House, 1969, Fiction
Suitable For: ages 3-8
Themes/Topics: assumptions, non-traditional family, unconditional love, responsibility
Opening: (this is actually the first three pages.)
An egg lay in the path.
A boy came down the path.  He saw the egg.  “Someone might step on that egg and break it,” he said.
He looked around.
He saw flamingos and frogs, and turtles and alligators.  “Whose egg is this?” he called.  But no one answered.”

Brief Synopsis:  A little boy finds an egg.  He doesn’t want it to get damaged, so he looks around until he finds the nest and carefully puts it back.  When Mr. and Mrs. Bird come home, they are surprised to find an egg in their nest… it wasn’t there when they left!  But Mr. Bird says that if an egg is in their nest it must be their egg, so they must take care of it.  So they do… with very surprising results!

Links To Resources:  Ideas And Activities For Guided Reading, Incubation & Embryology Activities, use with An Egg Is Quiet (from PPBF link list), talk about what kind of animals, insects and reptiles lay eggs and how the eggs are the same and different.

Why I Like This Book:  This book is fun to read as a picture book, but is also an I Can Read type book that is very accessible to new readers.  The pictures are delightful – Mr. and Mrs. Bird’s expressions are very entertaining.  But I really love the story because it doesn’t go where you would expect.  It’s funny.  And it’s a great example of what agents, editors and reviewers mean when they talk about re-readability.  This book delighted me as a child, and delighted my children in their turn.  I’ve read it so many times that even now, years since I last read it to my kids, I can recite almost the whole book.  It’s fun every time 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all you fabulous PPB bloggers (especially anyone who is new to PPBF) to please check the comprehensive alphabetical list on the PPB tab as well as the previous week’s list (because I am sometimes (ahem, like this week!) behind updating – it takes a while!) before selecting your book for the week.  Although we do have some double-ups, our goal is not to repeat books, but to always be adding new ones.

Also, and this is Very Important, the whole point of PPBs is the resources.  They don’t have to be online links.  Lots of you think up GREAT activities and discussion questions etc…  But the book you post must have at least one good resource of how to expand on its use at home and/or in the classroom in order to be added to the comprehensive list.  And it must be self-explanatory and applicable – by which I mean, saying a book can be used for finger rhymes or a math activity doesn’t help a reader who doesn’t know any.  That’s why they come to PPB – to find out exactly what they can do.  So please tell us which finger rhyme and how to do it, or what math activity etc.  Thank you so much!

I would also like to add that Tracy (aka A2Z Mommy) started writing up PPB every Friday in her local online newspaper, MyVeronaNJ!  For the past several weeks, she has chosen a few books she especially liked and added their titles and links to her article, so a number of you have been mentioned and linked!  Thank you so much, Tracy, for helping to get the word out to people who can really make use of the work we all do for PPBFs!!!  Here are links to the last couple articles:  March 23, March 16, March 9.

Finally before we all head off to check out today’s fantastically fun picture book offerings, I know you’ll want to be sure not to miss any of the high jinx and shenanigans that Phyllis’s amazing hosts have kindly and very creatively written up!

She had an Amazing Visit to Maine with Heather N (there’s a whole homeschool unit in this post!)

She visited Mrs. Hembree and her 2nd Grade Bulldog Readers in Seattle, WA on her School World Tour!

She was also Visited A Ghost Town In Washington with Heather B!!!

And you can catch up on anything you might have missed on the Official World Tour Page 🙂

AND!!!  Big News!!!  It looks like I’m finally going to get that map I wanted of the World Tour.  Stay Tuned!  Maybe Monday!!!

PPB bloggers, please add your post-specific link to the list below, and everyone, have a great weekend!  (and that’s no April Fool :))

59 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Flap Your Wings

  1. Angela Brown says:

    Another great selection for me to check out. Sounds like an interesting one. And Phyllis is just the luckiest groundhog ever getting to travel and have fun,, visiting place. I can't wait to see what this map will look like.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Susanna. Going to go nip a piece of candy that I shouldn't be getting lol!!!

  2. Fats Suela says:

    Flap Your Wings sounds like a really fun book to read. I can only imagine what would happen two Mr. and Mrs. Bird taking care of an egg that doesn't seem to be theirs. You can tell just by the size of it! I've read P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? and it was simply adorable. 🙂

  3. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Like I told Tracy, Angela, jelly beans are actually health food. So is chocolate. There is scientific evidence 🙂 Glad you liked the book and are enjoying Phyllis's tour. Great new post up this morning (Sunday) of Phyllis's visit to Alberta Canada on Rena Boudreau's blog! There's bull riding involved, and an enchanted castle… just saying' 🙂

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Hi Barbara and welcome! I'm so glad you're here! Thank you so much for your kind words – I'm glad you like what you've found here 🙂 I visited your blog back, and I really appreciate your mention of PPBs! Looking forward to getting to know you better 🙂

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it, Diane, but I can't imagine celebrating Easter in the fall! It's so much a part of spring here! Glad you are enjoying Phyllis's tour. She has already let me know that I'd better have some Hokey Pokey ice cream waiting for her when she gets home 🙂

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